Beauty journalist and lipstick devotee Lauren Dunne has written for big name publications and reviews products on the daily for a living, so it’s safe to she knows a thing or two when it comes to primping and priming. Aside from enjoying perfectly-even winged eyeliner, full fringes, and all varieties of cheesecake, Lauren is a bit of a health and wellness lover (like us!) and today we’re getting the 411 on life after magazines, and how she’s taking the beauty world by storm with her very on website – Blush Hour.
1) Tell us a bit about yourself and your career so far. Describe a day in the life of you!
My career in beauty journalism began at Girlfriend magazine in 2008 where I worked as an editorial/beauty assistant. From there I went on to work at publications including Cosmo Hair & Beauty and Cosmo Bride, and returned to Girlfriend as the beauty editor in 2011. I went on to land the role of beauty editor at PRIMPED.com.au a couple of years after that, and I fell in love with digital media and blogging. I decided to go freelance and also launched my own site late last year. A typical day for me might start with a barre class or yoga first thing in the morning, and then I’ll focus on writing blog posts and freelance articles in the mornings, then catch up on emails and admin in the afternoon. I also spend about half a day shooting and styling products every week for my website and Instagram, and have also recently started doing this on a freelance basis for other businesses as well which has been a fun new venture. I might also attend one or two beauty product launches or industry events during the day, or catch up with a PR over coffee to chat about their latest products and brand news.
2) What inspired you to start Blush Hour?
I spent a couple of years writing beauty blogs and articles for PRIMPED.com.au, and during that time I fell in love with digital media and blogging, which inspired me to launch my own beauty site. I launched Blush Hour with a younger audience in mind because there aren’t many beauty blogs out there that specifically address teens and their skincare/makeup concerns, and I also love writing for that demographic because they’re so engaged and energetic. I feel the site is really coming into it’s own now, especially when it comes to the visual aesthetics, photography and styling side of things. It’s been so amazing that the local beauty industry has responded so positively to Blush Hour, and I’d love to see the site continue to grow and develop an even stronger social media presence in the next couple of years.
3) Describe a day on your plate.
My typical day on a plate might start with a veggie frittata/omelette or chia-seed pudding made with almond milk for brekkie, then I’ll usually have sushi for lunch or maybe a tuna or chicken salad. For dinner I aim to have fish or white meat with either veggies or salad – although I do cook a red meat-based dish once or twice a week to keep my carnivore hubby happy! For snacks I’ll reach for air-popped popcorn or brown rice crispbread with organic nut butter, and I can’t go past natural Greek yoghurt with berries too. I’ll still indulge every now and then – my husband and I love going out for dinner (especially for yummy Italian food!) and I’ll treat myself to a few squares of raw dark chocolate and a couple of glasses of red wine from time to time. I try to stick to a 90/10 rule – I’ll eat for my body 90% of the time and for my soul the other 10%!
4) Why do you think toxin-free beauty is the way to go?
My job involves testing out lots of new makeup and skincare products, and in the past couple of years I’ve definitely noticed that organic, natural and toxin-free beauty products are becoming much more popular, accessible and embraced by consumers. I think people are becoming much more aware of the toxins we’re exposed to on a daily basis just by living a modern life, and more education and awareness on this issue has resulted in people actively looking for healthier alternatives in all aspects of their lives – from the foods they eat to the products they put on their skin.
5) Who do you look to for inspiration?
I’m lucky to be surrounded by so many inspirational people! Through my work I get to meet clever creative types who blow me away with their skills and talent and inspire me to up my game. Also my close friends and family are a big source of inspiration – for example my husband has an incredible work ethic and is also extremely patient and resilient which I can really learn from, while some of my best girlfriends are full of positivity and drive which I admire.
6) What do you think makes a woman a natural beauty?
As clichéd as it sounds, I truly do think that confidence and self-belief makes a woman beautiful. I see it shining through in so many women I know, and it truly makes them magnetic!
7) What is your life mantra?
At the moment I’d say my life mantra is try my best, and be kind and gentle to others and myself.
8) What is one beauty product you never leave the house without?
I always pop a couple of pretty lip colours in my bag for touch-ups on the go. At the moment I have a bright summery pink and a classic red lipstick in my handbag along with a few other staples like lip balm, oil blotting tissues and translucent powder.
9) What are your tips for healthy, radiant skin?
I think a good broad-spectrum sunscreen is the best anti-ageing skincare product money can buy, and I also recommend using high-quality serums and moisturisers every night and maintaining a diet that’s low in refined sugar and includes lots of green leafy veggies and good fats found in foods like avocado, oily fish, nuts and seeds. Regular exercise also does amazing things for the complexion too – anything that gets you sweaty and out of breath will boost your glow-factor!
10) Which beauty products are your go-to for creating a glowing makeup canvas?
If I want to create a really glowing, dewy and luminous complexion I’ll start by massaging my skin with a lightweight moisturiser to get my circulation working before applying a liquid illuminator followed by a sheer, dewy foundation. At the moment I really love Madara Tinting Fluid in Moonflower, it’s a beautiful organic tinted moisturiser that also doubles as a liquid illuminator/highlighter.
Visit www.blushhour.com.au and follow Lauren on Insta @blushourbeauty!
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